Stop, Hammer Time.

Want to have some fun? Go find a hammer. A real hammer, not some pink Barbie affair. Something heavy. Got it? OK, now hit yourself in the leg as hard as you can. Because that’s what I did.

OK, not with a hammer, but with a tooth from the awesome new stump grinder. That’s it in my hand over there. While I was grinding stumps this morning, the two bolts that hold the individual teeth on the cutting wheel sheared off, hurling the tooth right at me. If it had hit me in the head, it probably would have killed me – the perils of not having a little helper (something I think I need to start seriously looking into). Now, the cutting wheel spins at 3200 RPM, and the tooth weighs about a pound, so feel free to get your slide rule out and calculate how much kinetic energy that is. Or contact NASA – and as it happens, I know someone at NASA, if you need a POC. Anyway, not a great start to Chore Sunday, but I did get a number of stumps ground down prior to the incident.

Also, lots and lots of leaf mulching. The mighty tractor has a mulching attachment, and I put it to good use, mulching probably an acre’s worth of thick, wet leaves, as well as clearing my MTB trails. That thing is a champ, and made relatively short work of it. I want the yard to look nice. It’s not like anyone sees it besides my cool UPS guy, the cute letter carrier, and the occasional uninvited drop-in, but I still take a little pride in it (and the aforementioned letter carrier always comments on it, so there’s that). I guess I don’t want people to think I’m a slob, or worse, just lazy. So, even if I’m the only person who really sees it, I want it to look well-maintained. And it’s not like I had anything else to do today – I did have a couple of invites, but wasn’t really in an “adventure” frame of mind. Long week. Long, typically shitty week.

Saturday – in the rain – more Ring stuff. I decided to add a floodlight to the barn; partly because I have the big street lights off during the holidays so my twinkling lights are more visible, and partly because…well, just because. So, after (eventually) going to Home Depot & Lowes, and a little not-so-smart tinkering with electricity in the rain, voila. This thing is just as cool as the other Ring stuff, and I have it tied into the system in such a way that if the motion sensor detects something, all the cameras start recording. Conversely, if the cameras detect motion, all the Ring lights come on. Basically, everything talks to everything else, and they all talk to my Alexa devices, as well as my iPhone and AppleWatch. It’s really, really cool, and I guess I’ve become a bit of an expert with the home automation stuff. I guess everyone needs to be good at something, right?

And in other Ring news, I got the solar panel attached to the new camera I installed last week. Not the smartest decision I’ve made, to lean a ladder against a wet tree in the rain, but things need to be done, and no one is going to do it besides me. Just like everything else in my life. Besides, what’s the worst thing that could happen?

I also did some work on the BMW. The new lighting I installed a few weeks back makes such a huge difference on that side of the barn. The BMW just needed water added to the battery, but that’s a major operation on that bike; remove the tailbag, open the trunk, pull the release for the saddle, remove 12 screws from the fairing. Sheesh, those Germans. Nonetheless, it’s all juiced up and ready for the group ride later this week. Hopefully, there will be some snow this winter, too, so I can really see what the thing is made of.

Now, on to the next project – and I think I already know what it’s gonna be.